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Cuyahoga County may become just the second in Ohio to test for fuel quality
If county council passes the proposal, Cuyahoga will join Summit in measuring fuel grade as well as quantity
by WKSU's LYNDSEY SCHLEY


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If new legislation passes, Cuyahoga County will be testing the octane level of gasoline at the pumps.
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Cuyahoga County is aiming to become the second county in the state to test whether gas stations are selling the advertised fuel quality.

Cuyahoga County Consumer Affairs Director Cynthia Sich introduced legislation today to allow county employees to check fuel octane when they test whether the pumps are giving out the proper amount of gas.

Sich says this move will protect consumers and their cars.

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"If you’re paying for 89 percent octane, you want to the octane to be 89 percent," Sich says. "So, what this will do is make sure you are getting what you pay for. In addition, sometimes lower octane levels can cause problems with vehicles and vehicle maintenance." 

Sich says Ohio is one of only three states as a whole that do not test the octane at the pumps.

A state law backed by oil producers blocks the 86 Ohio counties without a charter government from testing fuel quality. 

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